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Watergate Farm

nr Cockermouth, Lake District, Cumbria

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This typical Lake District farmhouse stands right by the southern end of Loweswater in the peaceful north-west corner of the National Park. It is full of charm and character with spacious rooms including a large farmhouse kitchen that makes it ideal for family holidays.

The local National Trust Ranger lives next door and is on hand to help with boats and local advice. The cottage is set well away from the road and is surrounded by woodland and open farmland with gorgeous views across the valley.

There are lovely walks straight from the doorstep, including the four mile walk around the lake or to Kirkstile Inn just two miles away. If feeling more energetic, a strenuous hike, to the top of Melbreak offers panoramic views of the Buttermere valley.

The National Trust has events and activities in the Lake District to appeal to all ages throughout the year. Visit the web pages by clicking on the nearby tab, above, to see details of events, nature, walking and cycling trails when planning your holiday.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
Large kitchen/dining room and sitting room with wood burner.
First floor
Three bedrooms (1 double with ensuite shower and lavatory, 2 twins), bathroom with separate shower cubicle.
Visitor notes

Heating: The cottage is heated by a ground source heat pump.

Parking: There is parking available next to the cottage.

Garden: There is an outside seating area for use by visitors to the holiday cottage. The cottage and lake

are surrounded by plenty of open space where children can play under adult supervision.

Television: FreeSat is provided at the cottage.

Utilities/Electricals: The washing machine and tumble dryer is a combined washer/dryer.

Logs/Charcoal: Fuel for the fire can be bought from the warden who lives in the adjoining cottage.

Short breaks: Booking is possible within 4 weeks of the start date all year at this cottage.

Cottage details
Let starts
Min stay
Dogs allowed
Yes, 2
Cottage ref
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  • Dogs welcome
  • Open fire / stove
  • Pub nearby
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • DVD
  • Fridge-freezer


Things to see and do nearby

The Lake District, Cumbria
Derwentwater, The Lake District, Cumbria  © Joe Cornish

The North West of England is most famous for its beautiful Lake District, which has inspired so many poets and authors over the centuries. Spectacular scenery and a feast of local produce to try provides a wonderful way to enjoy a summer holiday, romantic break or family gathering. This is an area to seek out active enjoyment; to walk, climb on the mountains, to sail and fish on the lakes and tarns, cycle or challenge yourself to a high rope walk. For the less energetic who, nevertheless want to enjoy the spectacular scenery, there are some fantastic pubs and restaurants where you can enjoy local, seasonal produce, such as Herdwick meat, Morecambe Bay shrimps, locally made cheese, Cumberland sausage, sticky toffee pudding or a local beer - there are 13 micro breweries in Cumbria. The National Trust cares for a quarter of the Lake District, including the central fell area, the major valley heads and six of the main lakes and much of their shoreline. All of our cottages, campsites and bunkhouses are set in beautiful Lake District countryside.

Lake District
Sailing on Derwentwater, Lake District, Cumbria. © Paul Harris

The spectacular Lake District is considered by many to be the jewel in England\'s crown, offering the country\'s highest mountains, most stunning scenery, and loveliest countryside. Above all, it is a place to seek out active enjoyment; to walk, climb on the mountains, to sail and fish on the lakes. The National Trust protects about a quarter of the Lake District, including the central fell area, the major valley heads, and six of the main lakes and much of their shoreline. Among the National Trust\'s historic properties are two houses of immense literary heritage. The Georgian Wordsworth House in Cockermouth is the birthplace of the poet William Wordsworth, and Hill Top, a petite 17th-century house, in the hamlet of Near Sawrey, is where Beatrix Potter wrote many of her children\'s stories.

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  • Fishing
  • Pony Trekking and visit
National Trust places to visit
Buttermere and Ennerdale
Buttermere, Ennerdale and Whitehaven Coast Tranquil area of dramatic fells, farms and woodland, encompassing three lakes
Borrowdale: Force Crag Mine
Last mineral mine processing mill to operate in the Lake District
Wordsworth House and Garden
Wordsworth House and Garden Birthplace and childhood home of William Wordsworth -- a 'living' 1770s townhouse
Borrowdale Spectacular and varied landscape around Derwentwater
Wasdale, Eskdale and Duddon
Wasdale, Eskdale and Duddon Vast area of open country -- valleys, mountains, rivers and lake -- from wild Wasdale to the Duddon Estuary
Grasmere and Great Langdale
Picturesque and varied landscape with Wordsworth connections

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Suzanne Davies
    • January 2016
    • ...
    Made enjoyable..

    The location, the accommodation, the ambience - not over fussy, but pleasing, clean and appropriate for a winter wet family holiday.

  • Meer
    • September 2015
    • ....
    Made enjoyable...

    The location was unbeatable. The pint of milk provided in the fridge along with good quality tea, coffee and biscuits. Fresh flowers in all the downstairs room. Good quality loo paper. Friendly NT ranger next door. Location, location, location

  • Slater
    • August 2015
    • ---
    Made enjoyable....

    Staying in a beautiful place which is totally familiar to me since childhood -it's near my birthplace. I feel I can rely on the NT to keep the farmhouse as it was. Always pleased to see Mark, the NT warden, still there - he's always great - and he's local which is important to me. The caretaker is very good, friendly, reliable. I also hired the bothy along the lake this time, for three days, and that was perfect. Please could you consider restoring the fourth bedroom - I'd certainly pay more. Plus half the garden, which always belonged to the farmhouse, when the farming families were still there, and the people who bought it and later sold it to you.

  • Simon Maybury
    • July 2015
    • Jefferson County, Colorado, USA
    Made special by the....

    Quiet. Access to paths. Everything was excellent. The Ranger was very helpful. I recommend finding a copy of The Secret Valley for the cottage library.

  • Tim Daniel
    • May 2015
    • West Yorkshire
    Made special by:

    The lakeside location. Cottage very clean,nice flowers in the lounge kitchen and hall.

  • Louise Kerbiriou
    • January 2015
    • UK
    Fantastic location

    The location is fantastic. Wonderful spacious property

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Prices include:

  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
  • We cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0344 335 1287 or email to enquire about future bookings and reservations.
  • The National Trust reserves the right to move cottage prices up or down and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for cottages for specific dates covering special events, e.g. Rosetta Cottages on the Isle of Wight during Cowes week. We will notify you of any special event supplements at the time of booking.

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